Past tense of Estar in Portuguese

Past Tense of Estar in Portuguese Example: Eles estiveram no Morro Dona Marta.

Hello, friends! Today we will talk about the past tense of estar in Portuguese. In general, we use the past tense of this verb to talk about places we’ve been before.

Conjugation of Past Tense of Estar in Portuguese

First, let’s see its conjugation. Listen to the sounds and repeat after us!

Eu estive
Você esteve
Ele/ela esteve
Nós estivemos
Vocês estiveram
Eles/elas  estiveram

Let’s see some examples using this tense:

Examples using past tense of estar in Portuguese

Eu estive nos Estados Unidos em 1999.
I was in the United States in 1999.

Você esteve no Rio de Janeiro?
Have you been to Rio de Janeiro?

A Rainha Elisabeth esteve no Rio em 1968.
The queen Elisabeth was in Rio in 1968.

Nós estivemos na China em 2010.
We were in China in 2010.

Vocês estiveram no Japão no ano passado?
Have you been to Japan last year?

Michael Jackson esteve no Santa Marta, em 1996.
Michael Jackson was in Santa Marta in 1996.

Os holandeses estiveram em Pernambuco em 1630.
The Dutch were in Pernambuco in 1630.

Nós nunca estivemos na Bahia.
We have never been to Bahia before.

Eles já estiveram em diferentes países.
They have already been to different places.

Eu nunca estive na Alemanha.
I have never been to Germany.

Você já esteve em São Paulo?
Have you ever been to São Paulo?

Want to learn more about the estar  Portuguese past tense? Check out this video Dica comparing two past tenses of this verb.

Now it’s your turn!

Change the sentence from the present to the past tense of the verb estar:

  1. Ela está na casa do namorado hoje.
  2. Nós estamos na praia conhecendo pessoas.
  3. Vocês estão na escola para estudar Português no Rio?
  4. Eles nunca estão na Europa em Julho.
  5. Eu estou no Rio de Janeiro à trabalho.
  6. Você está no consultório médico?
  7. Carlos não está em Búzios. Ele e sua namorada estão em Ilha Grande.
  8. Nós estamos na frente da Rio & Learn!
  9. Você está na Lapa? Não, estou em Santa Teresa.
  10. Eles estão no Nordeste mas eu estou na região Sul do Brasil.

That’s all! Today, we have studied the past tense of the verb estar in Portuguese.

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 Answers

  1. Ela esteve na casa do namorado hoje.
  2. Nós estivemos na praia conhecendo pessoas.
  3. Vocês estiveram na escola para estudar Português no Rio?
  4. Eles nunca estiveram na Europa em julho.
  5. Eu estive no Rio de Janeiro à trabalho.
  6. Você esteve no consultório médico?
  7. Carlos não esteve em Búzios. Ele e sua namorada estiveram em Ilha Grande.
  8. Nós estivemos na frente da Rio & Learn.
  9. Você esteve na Lapa? Não, estive em Santa Teresa.
  10. Eles estiveram no Nordeste mas eu estive na região Sul do Brasil.

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